From Having a Mantra to Listening to Lizzo, Here’s How to Beat Low Self-Esteem

Feeling confident about yourself is important as you go about your day. It helps you accomplish your goals and beat whatever challenges life brings you.

Low Self-esteem

Some days, you feel like you can conquer the world. You look so fine that you can’t stop looking at yourself in the mirror. Then, there are days when you’re down in the dumps. Sweatpants and an oversized shirt serve as your armor, covering everything you want to hide.

That’s OK. Everyone has their bad days. The good thing is there are ways to turn that upside down and emerge a star.

First, positive affirmations only.

Allowing yourself to have negative thoughts is fine, but carrying them on for a long period is not healthy. Let the moment of weakness in, then actively shove it away. This way, you can treat yourself better by entertaining positive affirmations.

Having a mantra would be a good way to do this. The definition of a mantra, as cited in a Psychology Today article, is “a phrase that you repeat to yourself to help control the rage.” You can repeat a mantra until you believe it for yourself.

When done in silence during a meditation, a mantra decreases activity in the “default mode network” of the brain. This is the part of the brain responsible for our internal thoughts, self-reflection, and self-judgment. Have you ever noticed that your mind wanders off when you’re quiet and idle? That’s the default mode network. By having a mantra, this function of the brain calms down. By simply saying, “I am confident in my own skin” over and over again, you can beat a slump.

Listen to music that can boost your confidence.

There’s a Spotify playlist to boost your confidence, for sure. Lizzo, for one, has music to make you feel like you’re the queen of the world-“I just took a DNA test turns out, I’m 100% that b****.”

Besides, music has been proven to have positive effects on mental health. Music increases dopamine, so much so that it can be likened to a drug. Music also triggers emotions and helps you control fear.

Music influences the way you think and respond to it, thereby affecting your mood. The next time you don’t feel so confident, try walking to the beat of a Lizzo song.

Don’t let other people bring you down.

Yes, this is easy to say, but one must strive to make it happen. Closing your ears to other people’s useless criticisms will do great wonders for your mental health. It is true that you should learn to take criticism, but it’s different if it targets your body and things that you have little to no control over. It’s your body and your confidence; therefore, other people should not have an input in it.

Whether you curled your hair or got a tummy tuck, it’s your choice. If it makes you feel better about yourself and your body image, then flaunt it. At the end of the day, it’s yourself that matters.

Feeling confident about yourself is important as you go about your day. This kind of positive thinking helps you accomplish your goals for the day and beat whatever challenges life brings you.